A test mule for the 2015 Toyota Prius has reared its head yet again, this time with an entourage of current-generation Prius hybrids. In the new shots, we can see the tester is still in the early phases of development, but we do get to see the car’s interior and more of its heavily camouflaged exterior.
When we last spotted the next Prius, we really only got a glimpse of its rear end and profile. These new images let us see the car from all angles, though don’t reveal much through the heavy camouflage. The test mule’s similar shape to the current-gen Prius, which can be seen testing alongside the prototype, is still apparent. Through the front end’s camouflage, we can see two intake slits in the grille, much like the current model’s front end. The 2013 Toyota Prius is EPA-rated at 51/48 mpg city/highway, and 50 mpg combined.
Inside, however, things look very different. The test mule sports a traditional instrument cluster, losing the central gauge layout of past models. The center stack is incomplete, but we can see HVAC vents and controls have been restyled, as has the steering wheel, which receives a sportier-looking three-spoke design. This tester retains the current model’s tiny electronic gear selector, though it’s unclear whether that will make it to the final cabin design.
As we previously reported, the next-gen Prius is rumored to be getting a significant makeover. If that’s the case, this prototype could be wearing the outgoing model’s sheetmetal. “Then why cover it,” you ask? That will likely remain a mystery until the next time we spy the popular hybrid’s successor.
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